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Throwback Thursday on Tuesday Random Tip — “How do you paint?”

Whenever someone ask me, “How do you paint?”  My answer will be a direct quote from Bob Kato.

back to front
dark to light
dull to bright
general to detail

Everytime I bumped into Bob, I always tell him how much I love passing along his quote from his Sketching for Illustration class at Art Center.  I definitely use this mindset when I approach photoshop paintings.  This really helps my layers to stay clean and organize.  Here is a process of my ‘Natalie’ painting.

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A few of my submissions for the Annual Caricature Show at Disney. I tried to keep it simple and only use Sharpie on story pads.

-Paul Briggs (1)
-Paul Briggs (2)
-Jason Hand
-Jeff Snow
-Chris Williams
-Nicole Mitchell
-Roy Conli
-Ryan Green/Fawn Veerasunthorn, Robert Baird

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Tuesday Tips - 2 Basic Storyboarding Rules

Here’s 2 tips that are so simple it hurts when I forget them. In the process of re-boarding over and over, they can be lost in the shuffle sometimes. Drill these 2 tips into your head!

-Norm

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The Meowgician

Growing up, I dream of being a meowgician.  I grew up watching David Copperfield on TV and always want to be able to magically have a bunny pop out from my hat.  

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Rio (2011) - 
One of my first assignment from the Rio Movie (2011). An early version of a sequence (in the original Rio movie), where Linda and Blu get a surprise visitor in the middle of the night. It turns out to be Tulio, a bird expert from Brazil, who came in to offer Blu and Linda the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s very different from the finished movie, but the main idea is still there.
-Norm

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Hello!!!!!

Always love a black cat.  They are so majestic, mysterious, and just simply drop dead gorgeous.  I fantasize having one, especially when I’m picking up white hair all over my clothes. One day I will have one.  Meanwhile, I have this one.

xoxo,

Griz

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Tuesday Tips - Gesture Drawing

As a story artist, I feel like one of the most important technical skill to develop is the ability to draw things things clearly and fast. Practicing 
gesture drawing is, in my opinion, a good way to get better at it. I think it’s fun, too! Of course, you can draw from life and find unique things people and animals do, but I also think practicing gesture drawing from imagination is truly helpful. For instance, I usually do some gesture drawings of characters I’m about to work with in a sequence. It helps me find a short-hand to start building from. The simpler, the better. Especially early on a project, it really helps to find a quick way to draw a character over and over without repeating yourself all the time.

I remember Life Drawing teachers telling me to “draw from within” and to “feel the weight”. It’s absolutely true, but in terms of storyboarding, other elements came to be as important to the process. Silhouette and a sense of “cartooning” is tremendously helpful to communicate certain things clearly to an audience.

I’m only focusing on character posing right now (and this is just an introduction to the subject). Gesture drawing is very close to thumb-nailing, another ultra-helpful skill. More on that later.

For those who want to spend some money on great books on the subject, I highly recommend you to pick up “Drawn To Life: 20 Golden Years of Master Classes of Disney Master Classes” (Vol. 1 and 2) , from Walt Stanchfield. Do it.

Norm

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I love the ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’.  Always been a huge fan of Wes Anderson.  I love his quirky style, bold color choice and cinematography.  As an homage, I’m painting Snoopy and Junior as the lobby boy and M. Gustave.

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More story work from the first Rio movie (2011)

Blu and Jewel(chained to each other) are pursued by 2 poachers and Nigel the Cockatoo through the dense alleys of Rio’s favelas.

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Donuts!!!!!  They are this delicious, yummy, fluffy, colorful gems, that are completely irresistible!!!!!!  Good thing that in my world, calorie doesn’t exist on Friday!!!!  Haha!!!!  

XOXO,

Griz

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Sharpie Sketches on Story Pads.

There’s something so good about drawing on paper. I love using Sharpie markers because I can’t erase. It’s bold and permanent.

-Norm

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Rio 2 is coming up soon! (April 11th) I worked as a story artist on the first movie a few years ago. I’m excited to see what’s in store for the sequel!

One of the sequences I worked on included a gang of little marmosets monkeys hired by the Antagonist (Nigel) to get back Blu, our hero. I was tasked to have them fight using Capoeira, a form of Brazilian martial art that combines dance, acrobatics and music. It was a ton of fun. It eventually made its way into the movie in a different context.

I’ll post some more sequences in the next few days.

Go Rio 2! And congratulations to all my friends that worked on it!

-Norm

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Junior loves his daddy Norm.

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Tuesday Tips — Asymmetry in facial expressions.

A lot of times, asymmetry will bring energy and movement to a pose or composition. More specifically, I feel like breaking the symmetry of a character’s expression is key to bring interest to it. Of course, there’s always a situation where there’s a need for symmetry. On top of my head, I can think of depicting a character who has an authority role, or the “undefeated champion of something”, or the “cold stone killer”, etc. So, a symmetrical facial expression usually means the character is: supremely bored, supremely confident, has no emotions, has a poker face, or is dead. Did I miss one? Symmetry in framing is also quite rare, but when handled by a master (Kubrick, Anderson), it’s undeniable. (If you have time, watch this: http://vimeo.com/89302848)

Now, back to asymmetry in facial expressions. In general, it’s a great way to flesh out a character’s thought process. What is he/she thinking about? What’s their goal?

I’m just touching the tip of the iceberg here. Way more tips to come in the future. Maybe next time, I’ll start to cover GESTURES.

Completely unrelated to the subject, I recently read a list of tips from movie director Sam Mendes. Here’s my favorite: “Try to learn to make the familiar strange, and the strange familiar. …”

Norm

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Happy St Patrick’s day!!!!  Hope you’ll find a bucket of gold!  

Double rainbow!!!